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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A fascinating Muslim country in the middle east. Part of the fertile crescent, Jordan's official language is Arabic. Beautiful, gorgeousArabic. Though Jordan is relatively landlocked it is sharing control of the Dead Sea with Israel, and also has access to a beach on the Red Sea in the south. During our trip we floated in the Dead Sea, we stood in the Jordan River where Christ was baptized (while being shadowed by a machine gun toting military man) and observed Muslim women on the beach at the Red Sea smoking shisha like it was going out of style.
We discovered the timeless Nabataean city of Petra, and it's many caves, people & wonders. We laughed at "camel crossing" signs on the highway. Met Bedouin women who weave the most beautiful carpets from yarn they spin & hand dye themselves. We drank herbal tea prepared by a man who watches over ancient mosaics. We were shown the ways of the hookah or water pipe; smoking apple, lemon mint, and cherry shisha. Turn a blind eye if you are a health fanatic, for I'll regale you with more stories of smoking shisha in posts to come.
We left a Bedouin camp situated under the stars (oh the stars!) with a lump in our throats and a longing we couldn't put a finger on...after having dined on fresh baked flat bread and eating meat prepared in fiery underground ovens. Perhaps the longing is a simpler existence, or eternal love for fellow man, or a sense of ancestry that is lost in our own blind quest for success and material things.
We did many things in Jordan besides photography. Although photography was indeed the highlight. We explored old markets, new restaurants, museums, landscapes, people, ideas & philosophies. We did not come away from this trip missing anything. We left Jordan rich with ideas, potential & love in our hearts.
When Tara Bradford puts together another "Journey to Jordan", I highly recommend you join her. And should you be lucky enough to have the stellar group of fellow travellers that I had, then you'll have the trip of a lifetime. I will show you more photos, as soon as I have permission from my new friends to publish their likeness on my little blog. More to come here, when I'm not so jet-lagged and stupefied. Love ya. xoxo